A university and monumental city, Lyon is one of the most complete destinations in France. The capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region has grown on the banks of the Rhône, a river that runs a total of 812 kilometres between France and Switzerland. On a sunny day, there is nothing more relaxing than walking close to it, opening your eyes wide so as not to lose sight of everything in your path. And there are many treasures to explore in its vicinity. Get on our high-speed trains of Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation and dare to discover them!
Lyon is not just another French city. Its architectural heritage (especially concentrated in the Vieux Lyon), combined with its tasty gastronomy and its museum options, makes it a first-class tourist destination. On this occasion, we encourage you to add a walk along the Rhone to your route through the city. These are 5 of the wonderful places that you will find if you are attentive.
Parc de la Tête d’Or
The oasis of nature and tranquility of Lyon
With an area of 150 hectares, this huge park accompanies the Rhone along one of its stretches. It was inaugurated in 1858, the same year that New York's Central Park opened its doors. With its English style, it is one of the quintessential green lungs of Lyon. Inside is the botanical garden, the zoo and a majestic lake. But not only that, because it also houses an impressive rose garden made up of more than 30,000 specimens.
Museum of Contemporary Art
There are several museums that shouldn’t be missed by the most passionate visitors about art. One of them is the Museum of Contemporary Art, located in an avant-garde building construct in the 1930s by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The curious thing about this museum, which covers an area of 2,600 m2, is that the artists themselves produce their works there. As the walls can be dismantled, the space can be adapted to the exhibitions.
Musée des Confluences
Emphasizes the avant-garde architectural design of the building
The Musée des Confluences is located at the point where the Rhone and Saona rivers meet. Its proposal is somewhat ambitious, but that is the aim of this natural history museum: to help visitors understand the world in which we live. That's why it houses a whopping 2 million pieces from the 16th century to the present day. This place offers the opportunity to admire dinosaur skeletons, rhinoceros skulls and even a meteorite.
Visiting the Lyon Aquarium is one of the most interesting activities to do with your family. Located on the left bank of the Rhone, it will be a real unique experience. It contains more than 5,000 fish spread over fifty aquariums. The visit is an excellent opportunity to contemplate species not only of the European rivers, but also of the great oceans and even of the African lakes.
A stadium that is part of the history of the region and the country - images from Wikipedia
One of the oldest stadiums in the country is located just a stone's throw from the Rhone. The Matmut Stadium, formerly known as Guerland, dates back to 1920 and has been listed as a historic monument since 1967. Its architect, Tony Garnier, was inspired by ancient Roman urbanism to design this stadium, which is now used by LOU Rugby. Throughout its history, it has hosted important events such as the 1998 World Cup or concerts by great artists such as Michael Jackson or The Rolling Stones.
Enjoy your walk along the banks of the Rhone! Remember that our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains connect Lyon with several Spanish cities, so you no longer have an excuse.